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By David Morgan, Associate Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chase Elliott has been a fixture at Hendrick Motorsports for the duration of his NASCAR career and now will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. On Sunday morning, ahead of the 64th running of the Daytona 500, the team announced that Elliott had signed a five-year contract extension, keeping him behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet through the 2027 season. “Chase is a champion on and off the track,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “His talent insideRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Hendrick Motorsports has it figured out when it comes to starting on the front row for the Daytona 500. For the eighth year in a row, it will be a Hendrick driver will start on the front row for the Daytona 500, as the 2022 edition of the Great American Race features two of its drivers starting up front. Kyle Larson starts on the pole for the first time in the 500, with Alex Bowman alongside for his fifth straight front rowRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Hendrick Motorsports’ sprawling campus sits in the shadows of Charlotte Motor Speedway, so it was only fitting that Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 was the place that the four-car juggernaut surpassed Petty Enterprises to be the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history. Petty Enterprises had been the gold standard in the Cup Series, with 268 wins over the course of a 50-year span from 1949 to 1999, including 10 championships, but the torch now passes to Hendrick Motorsports to be the standard bearer from now into theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor April 18, 2004 – The day Martinsville Speedway bit back, derailing the chances of one future NASCAR Hall of Famer going to Victory Lane, and paving the way for another to break a years long winless streak and capture the final win of his NASCAR Cup Series career. For much of the first half of the Advance Auto Parts 500, it looked as if defending race winner Jeff Gordon was going to be the driver to beat down the stretch, as the four-time Cup Series championRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Fresh off his maiden NASCAR Cup Series win last Saturday at Daytona, William Byron has been upbeat now that he got the win, but also a contract extension. On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Byron will stay in the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE through 2022. A day later, Byron discussed that talks about staying with them have been going on for some time with Rick Hendrick saying the deal was signed on August 8, according to Bob Pockrass. “I had one year left afterRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Kentucky is known for horsepower of a four-legged kind with the state hosting the prestigious Kentucky Derby each year, but back in 2011, the state gained a new kind of horsepower when the NASCAR Cup Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway for the inaugural running of the Quaker State 400. After years of lobbying for a Cup Series date to go along with the Xfinity Series and Truck Series races the track had been hosting since opening its gates in 2000, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. owned trackRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Pocono Raceway carries the moniker of the “Tricky Triangle” for a reason, with its three different corners and long straightaways giving even the most seasoned of drivers fits over the years, so when a rookie comes in and excels at the 2.5-mile track, it certainly turns some heads. Back in 2006, Denny Hamlin, who was in his first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet, showed the rest of the field how it’s done by winning notRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, it was a common sight to see the Wood Brothers and Petty Enterprises battling it out for the win, but in the following decades, both teams found themselves in a slump. All of that changed when the NASCAR Cup Series rolled into Bristol in March 2001 with Elliott Sadler and John Andretti driving the famous No. 21 and No. 43 cars for the Wood Brothers and Petty Enterprises, respectively. As the Food City 500 played out, several drivers took their turnsRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor There have been plenty of weird and quirky moments in NASCAR history — then there’s the 1999 Transouth Financial 400 at Darlington Raceway. Having been delayed once already due to rain, Mother Nature had one more trick up her sleeve with 130 laps remaining in the race, leading to one of the most bizarre finishes in recent memory. As Jeff Burton led the way over Jeremy Mayfield, the skies darkened and rain started falling again as the leaders made their way off Turn 4 and ontoRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Two months ago, Denny Hamlin started the eNASCAR/iRacing Pro Invitational Series campaign going to virtual victory lane at Homestead and he’ll end the season in virtual victory lane as the three-time Daytona 500 champion won Saturday’s North Wilkesboro 160. Hamlin, who led 24 of 160 laps, had to overcome a quick fix after wrecking John Hunter Nemechek at the exit of Turn 1 on Lap 5. This appeared to be payback from last Sunday at Dover as the two had multiple incidents before Nemechek tried finishingRead More